Pacific Institute

Basic Water Requirements for Human Activities: Meeting Basic Needs

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The last few years have seen a remarkable change in the nature of the global discussion of issues ofenvironment and development. In the work of the Brundtland Commission [I], the extensive lead-up to the 1992 Earth Summit in Brazil, and in subsequent discussions and work, the intimate connections between environment and development have been accepted as a given. The questions now being discussed and researched are how to define and achieve development in a “sustainable” way. This is a much needed and welcome change.

Unfortunately, considerable debate and confusion surround both the terms “sustainable” and “development” and only modest forward progress has been made. This lack of progress is particularly disturbing in the area of water resources, which are vitally important for producing food, maintaining aquatic ecosystems, and protecting human health.

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